|Apply in February||Begin volunteering by April|
|Apply in May||Begin volunteering by July|
|Apply in August||Begin volunteering by October|
|Apply in November||Begin volunteering by January|
Who: Adults, 18 years of age and older, currently enrolled in college or technical school
What: Volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff. Some assignments have direct patient contact, other assignments are more supportive. Volunteer assignments can include patient units, clinics, OT/PT, sibling clubhouse, Reach Out and Read, among others.
When: Assignments will be on the same day/same time each week, typically 2-3 hours. Weekend and evening positions are limited. Schedules can be changed as class schedules change each quarter/semester, provided there are openings.
Where: Primarily at the hospital’s main campus, although some assignments are available at Primary Care Centers or Close to Home locations. Attendance is very important, so please consider transportation when considering if this is a good match for you.
Cost: Volunteer polo shirt is $23 or vest is $23, plus tax.
Commitment: Minimum initial commitment is 50 hours or 5-6 months. We welcome and encourage volunteers to stay longer; however, we are unable to accommodate volunteers who want shorter assignment periods.
If you are a college student applying with summer only availability, we are no longer accepting applications for summer only placements.
The application process includes:
Complete the online application during February, May, August or November.
Reference checks—Nationwide Children's will send forms to those non-family members you select
Information session—provide you with an overall picture of the program and specific information about available volunteer openings
BCI and/or FBI Background check
General hospital orientation (available monthly)
TB blood tests, provided by Nationwide Children's
Training for specific volunteer position
Please review the FAQs below. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.
Phone: (614) 722-3635
When to Apply
We know college students are in a variety of situations, yet still want to volunteer. Please check to see if one of these scenarios matches your situation:
Great! You are available year-round. Feel free to apply anytime. Call with any questions.
Please apply in May or August. We want to make sure you have enough time to apply, get trained, and actually volunteer.
Welcome Home! We appreciate your desire to help. Please apply in February as we need time to process your application and have you attend orientation. The placement opportunity for summer college students is in our sibling Clubhouse. This area is extremely volunteer dependent and a great opportunity for volunteers. See information about the Clubhouse at http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/sibling-support.
If you are available to volunteer past the summer, we would be happy to discuss other volunteer opportunities with you.